In my continuing study of American history, David C. Whitney’s 1969 edition of “The American Presidents” brought all the previously read biographies of our Presidents together.
My research on the origination of our country continues with Jon Meacham’s highly rated Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, published last year (2012).
After indulging in several non-fictions of the founding years of our nation, John Adams was, for me, the glue that pulled them all together into a coherent understanding of the way it all went down.
My study of the beginning of the United States of America continues with this text by the author Joseph J. Ellis, who is well known and respected as an historian specializing in American history.
Since reading Walter Isaacson’s Ben Franklin: An American Life last year, I’ve been on a learning campaign of the formative days of our United States. What most of us were taught of American history in grade school, merely puts a… Continue Reading →
Not until I finished Kantor’s Andersonville did I learn about the award winning movie titled Andersonville. Not bad, an Emmy and a Pulitzer! But, further research indicates that the rights to a motion picture were indeed sold to Hollywood, but the film Andersonville is not the same property as the novel Andersonville, though the historically real Jim L. Ransom, whose diary the film is based upon, is also a character in the novel.
Think you’re knowledgeable of the Panama Canal? Read The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough and you may realize that what you thought was fact is far from accurate. For example, contrary to what most people take for granted, the canal actually runs in a southeasterly direction from the Atlantic Side to the Pacific side. McCullough has the ability to take the most bland history topic and make the reader wish to write a thesis on the subject matter.
Before Custer’s last stand and the massacre at Wounded Knee, there was President Andrew Jackson’s “Indian Removal Act” of 1830, a policy that took three painful decades to bring to fruition.
It hard to believe that 50 years will have passed this coming November 22nd, of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a day that I still remember as if it were yesterday. The word in the air at… Continue Reading →
As a fan of Stephen Ambrose, I felt confident his son would pick up superbly on this initial joint effort following Stephen’s death in the early stages of the creation of this work. The book provoked the HBO miniseries several years ago in which Steve Spielberg and Tom Hanks were involved following their work inspired by Ambrose senior’s “Band of Brothers”. This is my fourth book this year on the subject of war in the Pacific during WWII and was a great supplement to my learning experience.
Since grade school lessons about the birth of The United States and our founding fathers, the character of Ben Franklin has seemed like folklore, beyond human. Walter Isaacson applies personal and human elements to the man and relates Franklin’s traits, admirable and shameful alike.
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